National Space Development Agency of Japan H-IIA Launch Vehicle

Click here to download PDF file of the NASDA H-IIA Launch Vehicle

So this is actually really cool. Around 1999 or 2000 I was in Okinawa, Japan and between Okinawa City and Nago there is a National Space Development Agency of Japan site that has some huge antenna dishes. I stopped to check them out and there is a small museum that has some information pamphlets like this one. The site tracks 13 weather satellites that are in orbit. I picked up this pamphlet and kept it all these years, but I didn’t realize I had it until I was cleaning out a box in the garage and I found the pamphlet still in great condition after all this time. The last I heard this agency is no longer called NASDA and now they have changed their name to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), but the experience was very cool and it is awesome that I found this information after 19 years.

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Incontinent Hotline

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Glory Years From Healthy Living

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Spend Quality Time Together

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Increased Social Security Benefits for Vets

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Difference Between Armies

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Cherish Being a Senior Airman

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Zoo Med


I received a sticker in the mail for Zoo Med. The funny thing is that I’ve never bought anything from these guys and I don’t ever remember requesting a sticker. If you have a pet or a reptile hopefully this can help you.

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Name Not Instruction

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Save Paper

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Quantitative Easing Program


Still think Barrack Obama was a decent President?

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Bank Calendar


You know you are getting old when your bank sends you their calendar one month at a time.

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Washington D.C. Ticket Agent


Please say some stupid things and a Washington D.C. Ticket Agent shares some of the things they have heard.

1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)

2. I got a call from a Kansas Congressman’s (Moore) staffer (Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then he interrupted me with, ”I’m not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts ….”

Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained, ”Cape Cod is in Massachusetts , Capetown is in Africa ”
his response — click.

3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando . He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that’s not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state.
He replied, ‘don’t lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state!” (OMG)

4. I got a call from a lawmaker’s wife (Landra Reid) who asked, ”Is it possible to see England from Canada ?”
I said, ”No.”
She said, ”But they look so close on the map.” (OMG, again!)

5. An aide for a cabinet member (Janet Napolitano) once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas . I pulled up the reservation and noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas . When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, ”I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time.” (Aghhhh)

6. An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan Schakowsky) called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 a.m., and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.

I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois , but she couldn’t understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.

7. A New York lawmaker, (Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ”Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?” I said, ‘No, why do you ask?’
He replied, ”Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I’m overweight. I think that’s very rude!”
After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno , Ca. is (FAT – Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on his luggage.

8. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay Ross) called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii . After going over all the cost info, she asked, ”Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii ?”

9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright from Ala who asked, ”How do I know which plane to get on?”
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ”I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have that number on them.”

10. Senator Dianne Feinstein called and said, ”I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola , Florida . Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?”
I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola , FL on a commuter plane.
She said, ”Yeah, whatever, smarty!”

11. Mary Landrieu , La. Senator called and had a question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China . After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded her that she needed a visa. ‘Oh, no I don’t. I’ve been to China many times and never had to have one of those.”
I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When I told her this she said, ”Look, I’ve been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!”

12. A New Jersey Congressman (John Adler) called to make reservations, ”I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York .”
I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, ”Are you sure that’s the name of the town?”
‘Yes, what flights do you have?” replied the man.
After some searching, I came back with, ”I’m sorry, sir, I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and can’t find a rhino anywhere.”
”The man retorted, ”Oh, don’t be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!”
So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, ”You don’t mean Buffalo , do you?”
The reply? ”Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.”

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Public Appearance

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Memory Gets Any Worse

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Forgotten Hotel Room

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Don’t Forget Your Password

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Which is Blonde?


Click image to find the answer.

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Rickshaws in Japan


In Japan you may see rickshaws pulling people around as a means of transportation. They look like a fun way to see the area.

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Elephants in Thailand


You can find elephants all over in Thailand.

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Thailand Tuk Tuk


In Thailand they have these three wheeled covered vehicles called “tuk tuks.” Riding in one of these vehicles can be quite an experience and give you a different perspective. Despite their small size you can fit 3 people comfortably or 8 people if you are trying to turn it into a clown car. I once made the mistake of telling the tuk tuk driver that I wanted to get somewhere fast and it was by far the ride of my life. He ran red lights, drove on the sidewalk, drove against traffic and quite honestly had me fearful for my life. Needless to say I never made that mistake again.

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My Favorite Excuses


Hillary Clinton’s version of what happened in musical format.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign Las Vegas


While walking down the Las Vegas strip trying to navigate my way through the crowd I saw this sign that says, “Drink up, you’re half the man my mother was.” Now that is funny.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017


Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Trump Treasure


People are flipping out to find the original “must see” Trump Treasure. Maybe his real treasure was the tax cut plan that Donald J. Trump just signed into law. What other treasures does he have in store?

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The Mirage Las Vegas


Walked down the Las Vegas strip to the Mirage hotel and casino.

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Bellagio Hotel and Casino Las Vegas


Walking down the Las Vegas strip I saw the Bellagio hotel and casino. This was one of the hotels that was robbed in the movie “Ocean’s 11.” I even stayed around and watched one of the water fountain shows.

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Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas


Does the real Caesar live here?

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Bally’s Casino Las Vegas


The last time I was in Las Vegas I went by Ballys Casino to see if I could see the Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but unfortunately he wasn’t there.

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California Countryside


Some people say that California is a beautiful state. Apparently they haven’t been anywhere else. Southern California is dry desert that has been sun baked. If you think desert is beautiful, then this is the right place for you. Things don’t really start getting green until you are near San Francisco heading north. If you see green anywhere else it is because it has been watered, most likely with sewage water.

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Headstand on the Beach


California is full of interesting people. Here is one instance of a person who was walking down the beach and then for no apparent reason stopped and started doing a headstand. He stayed in that position for at least 15 minutes. Then he took a paddle board out into the ocean and started doing a headstand on the paddle board. Maybe this is some new kind of fitness program.

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Southern California Style


When it comes to Southern California there is a certain style about the cars most likely due to a large hispanic population. You can find anything from Chevy Imapala’s that are tricked out to cars like this Monte Carlo that has hydraulics and a pretty smooth paint job.

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Women’s Empowerment


I went hiking in Los Angeles and Adidas was sponsoring a women’s empowerment event.  I don’t know much about women’s empowerment, but from what I could see the majority of women were wearing yoga pants and they kept getting in lines after they made their Adidas purchase at these different stations.  The different stations would have different messages and have women do different things to try to gain a different perspective on life.  It kind of looked like a bunch of self esteem and make you feel good type of stuff, but more importantly it looked like a different way to sell shoes and make women feel good about themselves. I guess if that’s how you have to sell shoes, good on you for finding a different way, but I’m curious as to if they host men’s empowerment events like this. If they don’t that seems kind of sexist and that they are preying on a woman just so they can sell products.

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Las Vegas Mural


While in Las Vegas, Nevada I went to check out the Pawn Stars shop and right across the street were some pretty nice murals. The paintings showed Las Vegas Route 66, The Beatles, the Sands, The Dunes and the Flamingo. I thought it looked pretty cool and since someone went through all the trouble to pain it I took a photo.

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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy…


The last time I was in Washington D.C. I snapped this photo at the World War II Monument looking towards the Washington Monument to recognize the date of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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No Ducking Around


While eating this duck came up and looked like he was hoping I would feed it, but instead I just snapped a photo.

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La Jolla Children’s Pool and Harbor Seals


Not far from downtown La Jolla is a children’s pool that has been permanently taken over by harbor seals.  If you are ever in the area it is nice to go watch the seals and take in the coastal area. You will be able to find lots of things to see around there. Anything from watching the waves, to painters, to fisherman, surfers or hang around and watch the harbor seals.

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Ocean Beach Mural


When hanging out in Ocean Beach you’ll notice different murals and graphic artists paintings. Here is one nice one that you can find painted on a wall when heading into town.

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Surfing at La Jolla


While in La Jolla in San Diego, California I watched as surfers were catching some waves just south of the the children’s pool.

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Cool Blue Las Vegas


Pabst Blue Ribbon Sign near east Freemont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Vegas Ink


Have you ever seen the t.v. show Vegas Ink? Here is a photo of one of the famous tattoo parlors.

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Planet Hollywood Sign in Las Vegas


Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino has quite a way of advertising on the Las Vegas strip as you can tell by the sign.

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Top of the Market


In the heart of San Diego near the Embarcadero is the Top of the Market fish market restaurant where you can overlook the San Diego bay and enjoy a nice meal.

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Flowers in Las Vegas


While in Las Vegas I happened to spot some interesting flowers, here are the photos.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios


On the back side of Mount Lee behind the Hollywood sign facing north is Burbank, California. This is where Walt Disney used the money from one of his movies to build the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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Awesome Paint Job on a Garage Door


While in Los Angeles I passed by a house that had their garage door painted to look like several book cases. Although I wasn’t sure if they are trying to identify as being nerdy, maybe they are professors, perhaps a bookworm, or just to be different. No matter what their reasoning, I thought it looked pretty neat.

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USS Midway


Docked in the heart of San Diego bay is the USS Midway. This CV-41 aircraft carrier was commissioned a week after the end of World War II. It was the largest ship in the world until 1955. The ship operated for 47 years until it was decommissioned in 1992. The ship is now a museum where people can go learn about the ships colorful history.

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Boarder X Brewery Event


Went to an event at the Boarder X Brewery in San Diego where there were cool cars, bikes, street artwork, and beauties. This event took place in a very predominant hispanic part of town in Barrio Logan. At this event I think I was the token white guy there. Here are some photos of the event.

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Why is the Bathroom on a Ship Called The Head?


Have you ever wondered why the bathroom on a ship is called the “head?” Here is the answer.

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Going to Home Depot

You are in the middle of some home projects: putting in a new fence, painting the porch, planting some flowers and fixing a broken door lock. You are hot and sweaty, covered with dirt, lawn clippings and paint. You have your old work clothes on. You know the outfit — shorts with a hole in the crotch, an old T-shirt with a stain from who-knows-what, and an old pair of tennis shoes.

Right in the middle of these tasks you realize that you need to run to Home Depot for supplies. Depending on your age you might do the following:

In your 20s: Stop what you are doing. Shave, take a shower, blow dry your hair, brush your teeth, floss and put on clean clothes. Check yourself in the mirror and flex. Add a dab of your favorite cologne because, you never know, you just might meet some hot chick while standing in the checkout line. And yes, you went to school with the pretty girl running the register.

In your 30s: Stop what you are doing, put on clean shorts and shirt. Change your shoes. You married the hot chick so no need for much else. Wash your hands and comb your hair. Check yourself in the mirror. Still got it! Add a shot of your favorite cologne to cover the smell. The cute girl running the register is the kid sister of someone you went to school with.

In your 40s: Stop what you are doing. Put on a sweatshirt that is long enough to cover the hole in the crotch of your shorts. Put on different shoes and a hat. Wash your hands. Your bottle of Brut is almost empty, so don’t waste any of it on a trip to Home Depot. Check yourself in the mirror and do more sucking in than flexing. The hot young thing running the register is your daughter’s age and you feel weird about thinking she’s spicy.

In your 50s: Stop what you are doing. Put on a hat. Wipe the dirt off your hands onto your shirt. Change shoes because you don’t want to get dog crap in your new sports car. Check yourself in the mirror and swear not to wear that shirt anymore because it makes you look fat. The cutie running the register smiles when she sees you coming and you think you still have it. Then you remember — the hat you have on is from Bubba’s Bait & Beer Bar and it says, ‘I Got Worms.’

In your 60s: Stop what you are doing. No need for a hat any more. Hose the dog crap off your shoes. The mirror was shattered when you were in your 50s. You hope you have underwear on so nothing hangs out the hole in your pants. The girl running the register may be cute but you don’t have your glasses on, so you’re not sure.

In your 70s: Stop what you are doing. Wait to go to Home Depot until you call the drug store to have your prescriptions ready for pick too and check your grocery list for a quick stop there. Got to save trips! Don’t even notice the dog crap on your shoes. The young thing at the register stares at you and you realize your balls are hanging out the hole in your crotch… who cares.

In your 80s: Stop what you are doing. Start again. Then stop again. Now you remember you need to go to Home Depot. You go to Wal-Mart instead. You went to school with the old lady greeter. You wander around trying to remember what you are looking for. Then you fart out loud and turn around thinking someone called your name.

In your 90s & beyond: What’s a home deep hoe? Something for my garden? Where am I? Who am I? Why am I reading this? Did I send it? Did you? Who farted?

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